Day in history for December 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the Island City Hotel we noticed one table entirely surrounded with Quakers. Their quaint but rich dresses were an object of attraction and their quiet modest ways much admired.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport sawmills, except for Schricker And Muller's, have shut down for the season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
P.F. Meenan was elected Supreme Knight of Council No. 53, Knights of Father Matthew.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bernice McBride, 11, leads in The Argus vote contest to choose a Little Queen to ride with Santa Claus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 7-hour traffic tie-up was broken at 6 o'clock this morning on Routes 2 and 92, five miles east of Silvis, after a fleet of Peter Pan Bakery pickup trucks came to the rescue of a company tractor-trailer unit which had overturned, dumping tons of bakery goods on the road.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Lynn and Bruce Duffy have spent the past six months on a 28,000 mile trek through the 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The former East Moline residents have been visiting Bruce's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Duffy, 1117 38th Ave., East Moline, for two weeks, and will set out on the last leg of their cross-country travels Wednesday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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